NFL Week 4 DFS Optimal Lineups

There are some tasty tasty matchups this weekend for daily fantasy purposes, so let’s dive right in!

Quarterback

Cam Newton.  Yeah, he’s the most expensive QB that you can draft, but with a matchup against an Atlanta defense that gives up over 300 passing yards per game, you can just feel the ground trembling as Superman is about to take off.  Add in the lack of Jonathan Stewart in the backfield and this is a weekend for spending big on Cam.

I know that I said to play Phillip Rivers last week, and he didn’t have the best game of all time, but he has an even better matchup this week against a New Orleans defense that can literally not stop anything.  The Falcons dropped what seemed like 500 points on them last Monday night.  If you don’t like spending big on Newton, Rivers can be had for a little less cap space.

Running Back

Jeremy Langford left last week’s game with an injury and Jordan Howard stepped in to take over lead back duties for Chicago.  He looks to be the more talented of the two backs, and has decent pass catching abilities.  His price is still at the back-up level in DFS despite his new starting gig.

Carlos Hyde is still surprisingly cheap in DFS, despite three strong weeks against more than above average defenses.  This week he gets the Dallas Cowboys, who haven’t been terrible against the run, but haven’t been great either.

Christine Michael had an absolutely INSANE game last week, but he does have a a tougher matchup this week against the Jets.  However, at his current price in DFS its pretty hard to pass to pass up that talent and upside.

Wide Receiver

As I’ve mentioned before, stacking a WR with your QB is a great move, so Kelvin Benjamin seems like more than a decent play this week.  He didn’t play well last week, but that was against arguably one of the two best defenses in the NFL, and this week he gets to play against the lowly Saints.  Also, see above regarding no starting running back.

Terrelle Pryor is another great play this week.  Despite the questionable QB situation in Cleveland, Prior is the clear lead receiving option on the team and Washington has been extremely susceptible to the pass this season.  Also, he’s relatively cheap in DFS for a WR1.

And for the second week in a row I am going to plug Tyrell Williams and/or Travis Benjamin.  San Diego might have the easiest matchup in the league this week and both wideouts are inexpensive.

Tight End

If healthy, Jimmy Graham is a great option this week.  A hobbled Russell Wilson will need a safety blanket and Graham is more than a decent one.  As of this writing he is still listed as questionable, but if he does play he’s a good option.

Additionally, no Dez in Dallas this Sunday means more red zone targets for Jason Witten, he of the subtle wiggles. He hasn’t put up huge numbers this year, but his sure hands make him Prescott’s best TD target.

Defense

Not many steals this week on the defensive side, but Arizona does have a nice matchup against the Rams.

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